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* It's Mental Health Awareness Week - we've brought back the Developers, Entrepreneurs & Depression talk from our video vault: it's an important topic and a very uplifting talk.
* Lightning Talks are now closed - huge thanks to all who made submissions - some outstanding pitches. We'll be announcing the successful speakers next week and adding them to the agenda here. As we reviewed entries, we thought it worth sharing a few ideas about how to pitch a talk successfuly - not just for BoS, for any event. How can you make your pitch stand out from the crowd?
* New video - From Happy Consultant Developer to Unhappy Product CEO - Peter Coppinger, CEO, Teamwork, talks about how he had to change his mindset at the company grew from startup to 100 people and how he spent $675,000 in an Irish bar that transformed the business.

* There are now just 10 rooms left at the BoS Europe Conference hotel: get your skates on if you want to stay on site at The Courthouse

It's Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, a topic which certainly affects either you or someone close to you. One of our most popular talks from BoS USA was "Developers, Entrepreneurs & Depression", which earned Greg Bauges a standing ovation. It's a great talk: if life is hard, this is a good place to come to realise that you are not alone.

It's hard to see from the outside if someone is struggling with their mental health, which is why it's important to talk about it. That's one of the reasons we've asked Jason Cohen to speak at BoS USA this year on "Creating a healthier business through a healthier mind". Bad management of the mind results in poor strategic decisions, focusing on the wrong things, and can affect your well-being on a number of levels. Through personal stories and commiseration with your fellow entrepreneurs, you’ll face the truth, take solace in seeing you’re not alone, and overcome these challenges using a specific set of tools.

As Jason says, fixating on the wrong things can harm your business. In this year's BoS Europe programme, we are delighted to welcome first-time speaker Dana Denis-Smith, speaking about "Human First, Everything Else Comes Later." Dana's story shows us how understanding the human element of your business, and the dynamic between your team and your customers, can make the difference when scaling up your business. Come hear her talk and say hi at BoS Europe 2017 – we've only a limited number of rooms held for attendees at The Courthouse Hotel, so don't forget to book your accommodation either.

We've also just released a new video, Peter Coppinger's talk "From Happy Consultant Developer to Unhappy Product CEO" – though it has turned out more than OK, Peter discusses some of the challenges of making the jump from consulting to bootstrapping a product business and considers some of the key things that he wished he had done sooner as he built Teamwork.com, which might even have helped reduced stress...

 

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Finally, just a reminder that our BoS Europe scholarships remain open for applications until May 17 - our 4 scholarship places are kindly provided by Balsamiq Mockups, Software Promotions, and Pragmatic Marketing, and are for those in the early stages of their career or company and who would not otherwise be able to attend. If you're further along the career path but know anyone who might benefit from one of these places, do let them know...

 
Thanks for reading. Please drop us a line if you want to suggest speakers, hangout topics or participants.


Mark Littlewood
@BoSConference
@MarkLittlewood
+ 44 7760 171 929


PS - don't forget the BoS Europe scholarship application is less than week away.